BlackBerry Storm 3 axed by RIM ahead of launch

RIM declare: we will "not pursue this device further"

Latest Storm handset pulled by RIM

Canadian firm Research in Motion appears to have scrapped plans for the forthcoming BlackBerry Storm 3, as the company announce they will “not pursue this device further”.

The cancelled plans for the handset which was to act as a refresh to the Storm 2 and was set to land on the Verizon network in the US emerged via a ‘source’ at BlackBerry Leaks who claims to have received the following message from the BlackBerry manufacturers: “Thank you for your hard work and diligence in preparing your application to support the upcoming hardware refresh of the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone (model number 9570, codename R027). Regrettably, RIM has decided not to pursue this device further and has ended the program.”

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Despite this disappointing revelation, the message from RIM reportedly went on to add: "However, rest assured that you will have the opportunity to leverage the work you've put in thus far in preparing for the new OS, as BlackBerry 6 will be making its way to more Verizon products in the near future, including the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Curve 9330."

With the first two Storm incarnations failing to be the groundbreaking handsets that were hoped for, the news that the awaited third edition has been axed suggests that it too was behind the mark.

Having announced the BlackBerry PlayBook late last month and with the company’s latest handset, the touchscreen QWERTY slider BlackBerry Torch, now available in the UK, the business phone producer still has a host of strong products entering the market.

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